Laurinda by Alice Pung | Black Inc.


Awards for Laurinda

  • Winner, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature: 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2015 Indie Awards
  • Longlisted, 2015 Stella Prize
  • Shortlisted, 2015 Inky Awards
  • Notable Book of the Year for Older Readers, Children's Book Council of Australia 2015 
  • Shortlisted, 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award
  • Shortlisted, 2017 YABBA

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About the author

Alice Pung

Alice Pung OAM is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as …

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Praise for Laurinda

‘Biting yet compassionate’ —Books of the Year, Australian Book Review

‘Alice Pung totally nails it with Laurinda. Funny, horrifying, and sharp as a serpent’s fangs.’ —John Marsden

‘Pung continues to impress with her nuanced storytelling; Laurinda will surely resonate with anyone who remembers the cliquey, hierarchical nature of the playground.’ —Sunday Age

‘A candid and powerful exploration of family, culture and class … it is those of us who take our fortune and privilege for granted that I wish would read this powerful book.’ —Readings Monthly

‘In her debut novel [Pung] successfully dramatizes the high stakes when an impoverished Chinese girl is parachuted into the private system … Pung’s forceful writing reveals the diverse and often difficult lives of her immigrant compatriots too often hidden away from us by masks of discretion.’ —the Age

‘Based loosely on Pung’s own experiences, the book has an unmissable ring of truth to it, making it all the more compelling and horrifying.’ —Sydney Morning Herald

“Schoolgirl Lucy Lam was one of this year’s best characters – smart, hardworking and brave. Pung tackles big issues with a light touch.’ —Herald Sun

‘Exquisitely sharp’ —Books of the Year, the Age

Teachers' Resources


Power; Family and culture; Self-belief and Integrity; Bullying

Reading age

Grades 9-12


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